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Be Wary of These Common Vacation Crimes

What are your reasons for taking a vacation? Maybe you need to decompress. Perhaps you are going to visit friends or family. No matter what the reason, taking a vacation doesn’t mean you are exempt from all aspects of your daily life. Plainly speaking, you must still abide by the letter of the law.

Too many people let loose on vacation only to find themselves in trouble with the law. Crime does have consequences, and those found to be violating it will have to answer for their behavior. If you are traveling to a different state, or even a different country, this summer, it’s important that you know any of the major differences in the law.

Even Mistakes Can Be Crimes

Sometimes people don’t know they are breaking the law. For example, you may behave the same way in your destination city as you do at home, believing that the same laws apply. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. This is why you should know of any different laws or nuances to familiar laws.

For example, you may be permitted to walk down the sidewalk holding a beer when you are at home. In the city you are visiting, this could be a violation of open container laws. At home, you may be able to take your fishing pole to the river and fish without a license. The place you are visiting may require that you purchase a local fishing license before you can cast your line.

Don’t Ruin Your Vacation

If you’re an adult, there is nothing wrong with partaking in a few alcoholic beverages of your choice while on vacation. You do want to be careful though. Getting arrested for driving under the influence in one state can leave you facing consequences back home.

Consider that if you are arrested for DUI out of state, you may have to return to the state for court appearances. This will cost you time off work and money. In some areas, there is something known as reciprocity. If you lose your driving privileges in the state in which you receive the DUI, you may also lose them at home. Add these consequences to the possible fines and sanctions you will be sentenced to, and you can easily see how a DUI conviction can impact your life.

If you are visiting Georgia this summer, officials ask that you kindly respect the laws in the state. The friendly people in our state want you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest and to enjoy it safely. If you have any questions regarding the laws of a particular city you are visiting, the local chamber of commerce can be of assistance.

If you are arrested for driving under the influence in DeKalb County, you have rights. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We will review the details of your arrest and charges and advise you of your legal options. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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